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1 WINDOW REPLACEMENT City of Palo Alto (CPA) Building Inspection Division 285 Hamilton Ave. Inspection Request: Revision Date: 03/09/11 General Requirements/Checklist for: Residential Codes Enforced: 2010 CRC, CBC, CAL Energy Code Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Building Division The information provided in this document is general and intended as a guide only. Each project is unique and additional requirements may be enforced as deemed appropriate. WINDOW REPLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS Effective January 1, 2009 PURPOSE The purpose of this guideline is to clarify the minimum building code requirements when repairing or replacing windows in a residential building. BUILDING PERMIT IS REQUIRED WHEN The size or shape of the window frame is altered. Note: the window frame consists of the header, king stud, cripple stud, sill and associated supports, or The existing flashing is altered, as when removing the nailing fin of an existing window, or the exterior finish is altered, as when stucco is removed in order to remove an existing window, or the window replacement is part of a project at the house that requires a Building Permit. If a retrofit window is installed (i.e. existing frame is left in place) If a bedroom window is to be replaced, it may be replaced with a window of the same size, type (e.g. casement, double hung, etc) that was required by the Building Code when the existing window was installed. If an existing window is to be changed in size, type and/ or location, then the replacement window shall comply with the Emergency Escape Window dimensions. (As referenced in the guidelines) Exception: glass only (like for like) no permit required PLAN NOTES AND PERMIT INFORMATION The person who prepared the plans must sign all plans. If any of the plan sheets are prepared by a licensed architect or registered engineer, that individual must stamp and wet sign at least two copies of each of the sheets he or she has prepared in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code prior to permit issuance. A Building Permit may be issued only to a State of California Licensed Contractor of the Homeowner. If the Homeowner is planning to hire workers, State Law requires the Homeowner to obtain Worker s Compensation Insurance. Proof of this insurance is required prior to issuance of a Building Permit. Building Permits may be issued to a Homeowner for construction if that Homeowner indicates the intent to do his or her own work personally.

2 If the inspection indicates the Homeowner is unable to perform the work satisfactorily, then a licensed contractor must perform the work. THE FOLLOWING ARE GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION AND SUBMITTAL OF PLANS: 1. PLANS REQUIRED Window replacement projects require submittal of plans. Plan Size: The minimum sheet size for bathroom remodel replacement plans is 11 inches x 17 inches. Sets of Plan: At least 2 sets of plans are required for the initial submittal to the Building Division. Clarity: All plans shall be prepared to be sufficiently readable and clear for a microfilm record. Pencil drawings are not acceptable but copies of pencil drawings can be submitted provided copies are readable and have good contrast. Dimensions: Floor Plans and other plan drawings shall be fully dimensioned. Scale: All drawings shall be drawn to an adequate scale with the scale indicated. Recommended scales for drawings are: Exterior Elevations: 1/8 =1-0 or ¼ =1-0 Construction Details: ¾ =1-0 Floor Plans: ¼ =1 0 Existing (e) and New (n) Construction: When an existing building is being altered or remodeled, be sure to label all new (n) and existing (e) construction, components and fixtures to distinguish between new work to be done and the existing work. Completeness: Please remember, the more complete and accurate the drawings and submittal documents, the sooner a building permit can be issued 2. PROJECT INFORMATION On the first sheet of the plans, provide the following I information: Name of Designer: The printed name, address, telephone number and signature of the person who prepared the plans. Address and Owner: The name of the legal owner of the property and the street address of the property. Building Codes: State the current building codes in effect as the 2007 CBC, 2007 CPC, 2007 CMC, 2007 CEC, and 2007 California Residential Energy Standards. 3. ARCHITECTURAL PLANS REQUIRED The following are minimum plan requirements for most windows. Floor Plan: The Floor Plan must show partial adjoining rooms and rooms to be modified. Label the use of each room and provide dimensions and door and window sizes for existing and/or modified rooms. Elevations: Show exterior elevations or views of all sides of the building that will have replaced windows, siding or other new construction. A minimum of one (1) exterior elevation should be provided along with exterior materials and notations. Details and Notes: Include all construction details.

3 4. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Whether a permit is required or not, new glazing in existing openings must be safety glass if opening is located within 24 from a door and less than 60 above walking surface in habitable rooms and less than 60 above drain inlet in a bathtub/ shower enclosure. Other glazing panels located less than 18 above walking surface and more than 9 square feet shall be safety glass as defined in CBC Section Requirements for energy, light, ventilation and egress must be accommodated within the scope of work. If the existing framing is NOT altered, the new window must comply with current requirements for new construction as much as possible (including the size necessary or any required egress) within the existing opening. It is possible, therefore, that the style of window needs to be changed, (for example, a non-complying single hung style would need to be changed to a complying casement style). If framing IS altered, all aspects of the window must comply with the current Building Code requirements. Replacement windows shall have a maximum U factor of 0.40 and a (SHGC) solar heat gain coefficient of 0.40 sec.152 (6) 1 B title ROOM REQUIREMENTS All habitable rooms must have exterior windows, glass doors and/or skylights which area totals a minimum of 10% of the floor area (10 square feet minimum) for light per CBC Section All habitable rooms must have exterior operable windows, glass doors and/or operable skylights which area totals a minimum of 5% of the floor area (5 square feet minimum) for ventilation of the room served per CBC Section Bathroom water closet compartments and laundry rooms must have operable windows and/or operable skylights with the area totals a minimum of 5% of the floor area (1½ square feet minimum) of the room served or mechanical ventilation with a minimum of 5 air changes per hour shall be provided per CBC Section When the valuation of windows replacement project exceeds $1, and a permit is required, smoke alarms shall be installed throughout the house per CBC Section

4 EMERGENGY EGRESS AND RESCUE REQUIREMENTS Each sleeping room below the fourth story must have at least one operable window or exterior door for emergency escape or rescue that opens directly into a public street, alley, yard or exit court per CBC Section Escape or rescue windows shall have an operable area of at least 5.7 square feet, with a minimum net clear dimension of 24 in height and 20 in width. Finish window sill heights shall not exceed 44 above the floor. Note: In order to meet required 5.7 square feet total operable window area, either the width or height, or both, must exceed the minimum dimension. See figure below. Make sure each bedroom has an emergency egress and rescue window or door with an operable panel at least 20 inches wide, 24 inches high, at least 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 at grade level) in area and a sill height of no more than 44. Escape or rescue windows with the finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall have a window well. The window well shall have a minimum clear opening of 9 square feet with a minimum dimension of 36. If window well have a vertical depth more than 44, it shall be equipped with a permanent affixed ladder or stairway in compliance with CBC Section Bars, grills, grates or similar devices installed on escape or rescue windows, doors or window wells, shall be equipped with approved released mechanisms per CBC Section When a replacement window is installed in an existing frame, the new window must meet all of the window dimensions noted above that as much as possible within the scope of work.

5 SEQUENCE OF INSPECTIONS 1 st inspection: Paper and flashing, and if applicable lath and framing. Final inspection: Smoke alarms, egress, tempered windows, R and U value, (keep stickers attached to windows until final inspection) all work to be completed. CPA WINDOW INSPECTION Smoke Alarms in all bedrooms, hall ways adjacent to bedrooms and at each story including basement. Smoke alarms shall be approved and listed. CBC Paper and flashing, and if applicable lath and framing inspection. Bedroom window egress min. clear height 24, min. clear width 20, min. 5.7 sq. ft. open able area except at grade floor may be 5.0 sq. ft. Max. sill height 44 clear space to floor or requires ladder. CBC and Exception, Verify windows and skylights R and U-factor per plan requirements ( labels shall be attached to windows and remain until final inspection is approved) Safety glazing at all windows less than 60 above bottom of tub & shower floor (check for bug) CBC Security bars shall be openable from interior CBC 1026 Openable windows 72 inches or more above exterior grade must be at least 24 above the finished interior floor OR no opening to window that would allow 4 sphere OR install window guards complying with ASTM F 2006 OR F CBC

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